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WWI 69784 AWMM
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Mrs J. Williams (mother), Cygnet, Tasmania, Australia AWMM
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- Height, WWI AWMM
6' 3" AWMM
- Weight, WWI AWMM
188 lb AWMM
Embarked Wellington, 2 March 1918; disembarked Suez, 2 April 1918.
Embarked Suez, 8 April 1918; disembarked Southampton, England, 15 May 1918.
Proceeded overseas to France, 11 September 1918; taken on strength, 2nd Bn, NZ Rifle Brigade, in the field, 19 September 1918, and posted to C Company.
Wounded in action, 4 October 1918 (gun shot wound, chest), and admitted to 2nd NZ Field Ambulance; transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 5 October 1918, and then to Ambulance Train No 2; admitted to 2nd Canadian General Hospital, Le Treport, 6 October 1918; discharged to No 3 convalescent Depot, 11 November 1918; transferred to Base Depot, Etaples, 12 November 1918.
Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 12 November 1918 (boils); transferred to 25th General Hospital, 16 November 1918; discharged to Base Depot, 21 November 1918.
Admitted to 7th General Hospital, 4 December 1918; transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 17 December 1918.
Detached to United Kingdom, 7 January 1919.
Commenced return to New Zealand from Portsmouth on board SS 'Raranga', 11 March 1919; disembarked Newport, Nova Scotia, Canada, 25 March 1919; re-embarked (date not recorded); admitted to ship's hospital, at sea, 23 April 1919 (mumps); discharged (termination of period of engagement), 11 June 1919.
War service: 1 year 243 days (of which 1 year 58 days was abroad) AWMM
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